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Matchup: Ridgefield at Yorktown
Venue: Charlie Murphy Field at Yorktown HS
Date: Tuesday, April 30
Time: 7 p.m.
Where to watch: The game will be streamed LIVE on MSGVarsity.com
Where to re-watch: The game will be televised on May 4 at 9:30 p.m. on MSG Varsity Optimum Channel 14
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Tuesday's live stream features an interstate showdown between Yorktown (NY) and Ridgefield (CT).
The host Huskers (10-1) are coming off a statement-making 12-8 win over powerhouse Chaminade (LI), which entered as the No. 1 team in MSG Varsity's most recent Tri-State Top 20 power rankings. Yorktown is the top-ranked team in the HV/WE rankings and No. 11 in the Tri-State.
The Huskers' dynamic offense put on a clinic against Chaminade's stingy defense. The 12 goals against marked a season-high for the Flyers, who entered the matchup relinquishing just 3.88 goals a game.
UMass-bound sniper Nick Mariano spearheads Yorktown's potent offense with a team-high 60 points on 35 goals and 25 assists. The senior attackman is 7th on Yorktown's all-time goals list with 148. He is tied for 12th in overall points with 217. Senior middie Brian Prestreau (Stony Brook) leads the team in goals with 37 and possesses an uncanny ability to get his shot off on the run. Connor Vercruysse (Rutgers), who totaled a team-high three goals against Chaminade to bring his overall total to 34, is another dangerous offensive weapon.
Luke Palmadesso (Villanova) and Danny Manning (St. Joseph) have helped Yorktown win 75.8 percent of its faceoffs. The Huskers are averaging a Section 1-best 14.18 goals a game.
Defensively, Hopkins-bound senior Trevor Koelsch usually draws the opposition's top attackman. Jack Phelan (Rutgers) and Austin Fusco (Syracuse) round out the close defense unit. Tomas Rodriguez is playmaker at long-stick middie and scored against the Fylers. Junior Austin Graham starts in net and boasts a save percentage of 56.
Unbeaten Ridgefield (9-0) is coming off a 12-6 win over Section 1's John Jay-Cross River. Yorktown defeated the Indians, 12-4, in its season opener. The Tigers are the No. 2 team in the CT power rankings and No. 10 in the Tri-State.
Bryant-bound attackman Brett Baker leads Ridgefield's offense with a team-high 43 points (33G, 10A). He poured in a game-high six goals against John Jay-CR. He is joined on attack by sophomore Simon Mathias, who is second on the team in scoring with 35 points (12G, 23A). Maryland-bound junior Will Bonaparte (16G, 4A) anchors the midfield and also takes faceoffs. Two other middies to watch include Cal Dearth (6G, 13A) and Mickey Carbone (7G, 4A).
The versatile Sam Gravitte (Princeton) anchors the Tigers' defense at pole. Senior Conor Shannon starts in goal and sports a save percentage of 69.1.
Ridgefield — which runs an airtight zone defense — has relinquished the fewest goals per game (2.4) in Connecticut. The Tigers' offense has been similarly impressive, averaging the most goals per game (15.3) in the state, too.
It marks a homecoming for Ridgefield coach Roy Colsey, a 1991 Yorktown graduate who went on to star at Syracuse. The two teams have played four times since 2001, with the Huskers owning a 3-1 edge in the series. The Tigers, however, won the last meeting, 14-8, back in 2011.
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